Thursday, 23 August 2007

Acne Problem


Acne has always been a problem for women. That is my number problem too until now. Before I left in Cebu, my derma gave me lotions and astringents as my medication. But those medics don't work at out when I arrived here in France. I have more pimples now that before and it's really dirty to look at. Sometimes, I get tired of watching my face infront of the mirror. I've done everything but it doesn't change at all. I don't know if it's allergy or what or if my skin is adjusting to the new environment here too but as there are occasions coming in the next months, it is really disappointing. Last monday, I had an appointment with derma here. I was shocked coz he just looked at it and that's all. He gave me this prescriptions. A gel that I have to massage on my face 3 times a week and tablets I have to take everynight. It makes me feel like I am taking a pills but I don't have choice but to obey. Hubby teases me that I am having my late adolescent signs. Ouff, how I wish!

Read the interesting article below:

What is acne?

Acne is not just a problem for teenagers, it can affect people from ages 10 through 40. It is not unusual for women, in particular, to develop acne in their mid-to-late 20’s, even if they have not had breakouts in years (or ever). Acne can appear as any of the following;
-congested pores,
-whiteheads,
-blackheads,
-pimples,
-pustules, or
-cysts (deep pimples).
These blemishes occur wherever there are many oil (sebaceous) glands, mainly on the face, chest, and back.

You can do a lot to treat your acne using products available at a drugstore or cosmetic counter, that do not require a prescription. However, for tougher cases of acne, you should consult a physician.

What causes acne?

No one factor causes acne. Acne happens when oil (sebaceous) glands come to life around puberty stimulated by male hormones from the adrenal glands of both boys and girls. Oil is a natural substance which lubricates and protects the skin, and under certain circumstances, cells that are close to the surface block the openings of sebaceous glands and cause a buildup of oil underneath. This oil stimulates bacteria, (which live in everyone's skin and generally cause no problems), to multiply and cause surrounding tissues to become inflamed.

If the inflammation is right near the surface, you get a pustule; if it's deeper, a papule (pimple); deeper still and it's a cyst. If the oil breaks though to the surface, the result is a "whitehead." If the oil becomes oxidized (that is, acted on by oxygen in the air), the oil changes from white to black, and the result is a "blackhead."

Some factors that don’t usually cause acne, at least by themselves are:

-Heredity: With the exception of very severe acne, most people do not have the problem exactly as their parents did. Almost everyone has some acne at some point in their life.
-Food: All over the world, parents tell teens to avoid pizza, chocolate, greasy and fried foods, and junk food. While these foods may not be good for overall health, they don't cause acne or make it worse.
-Dirt: Some individuals have more "oily" skin than others (as mentioned above, "Blackheads" are oxidized oil, not dirt). Sweat does not cause acne, therefore, it is not necessary to shower instantly after exercise for fear that sweat will clog pores. On the other hand, excessive washing can dry and irritate the skin.
-Stress: Some people get so upset by their pimples that they pick at them and make them last longer. Stress, however, does not play much of a direct role in causing acne.
Hormones: Some women break out cyclically, but most women (and men) don't. Some oral contraceptive pills may help relieve acne, but unless a woman has abnormal menstrual periods and excessive hair growth, it’s unlikely that hormones play much of a role in causing acne.
-Cosmetics: Most cosmetic and skin care products are not pore-clogging (“comedogenic.”) Of the many available brands, those which are listed as “water-based” or “oil-free” are generally a better choice.

For more infos, read it on this page http://www.medicinenet.com/acne/article.htm

4 comments:

rhonzkie said...

i know the feeling.. but thankfully am not having breakouts as i used to have before.. in my case, hereditary is the ereason for this.. blame my father!! hehe.. joke..

Francine said...

hello rhonzki, baka sa akin sa new environment.dry kasi air dito kesa jan sa pinas.kakasal pa naman ako but im hoping na me improvement next month

Anonymous said...

Many people believe that acne is part of growing up. When your mother sees you worried about acne, she will say this is part of being a teenager. However, if you are adult experiencing acne, and testing tons of acne treatments, then you will know there is problem. It is true that acne is a problem because people dread having it. However, because acne has been around so long, science already have an answer to this problem. Acne treatment products are now widely available. Therefore, you do not need to experience feeling of self-pity if you see acne in your face, acne treatment products will help you get rid of them.
There is an zit questionnaire that is helpful in diagnosing your problem and recommending a solution.
I hope that this proves to be helpful. I think we've all been through it to some extent.

Anonymous said...

Many people feel that their acne is overly embarrassing and
unmanageable. I have read story after story of heartache, especially
from teens that endure heartless bullying from schoolmates. There are
so many different remedies and medications. What most people fail to
realise is that each individual has a different biological makeup and
what works for one person may not work for everyone. In some cases
certain acne treatment can adversely affect already irritated skin.
This further causes unnecessary embarrassment and frustration to an
already uncomfortable situation.
Propaganda fuels misconceptions about different so-called remedies and
even causes. The idea that chocolate and oily food causes acne. When in
truth, makeup, unhealthy skin and even perspiration can cause acne.
All of these factors affect the skin. But even your skin makeup can
affect your skin and create back acne, scalp acne, large assesses or
ingrown hair. There is an acne questionnaire done by a company called
Skinmed that will help to diagnose acne problems through a series of
questions, and then it n recommends the best acne treatment for each
individual.
Teen acne is typically the most difficult to diagnose because of
hormonal considerations, but there is a special area meant just for
teen acne that has a completely different set of rules when running the
formula that determines the best medications or treatments. In some
cases simple changes in hygiene and daily washing is all that it takes.
The site also has a free offer on acne facial cleanser that is made up
of a three step process. The primary reason most teens, especially boys
tend to have more problems with chronic acne is because of a lack of
simply washing their face regularly. So this treatment is free is a way
to create a healthy daily routine, while gently healing the skin to
prevent acne scarring brought on as a result of squeezing the sores.
Once daily cleaning is practices, and hormonal issues are taken into
consideration, a proper treatment regiment can be highly affective.
At the end of the day most acne, even teen acne , can be eliminated
quickly and permanently with the right motivation. After all, we all
want to be beautiful don’t we?
Susan Smith